The chiropractic university also plans to partner with universities in Asian countries including China and Taiwan to establish joint degree programs with students there, in addition to establishing commercial clinics.
Because the practice of chiropractic medicine isn't as widely understood or legislated in Asia, Life plans to recruit qualified students from Asia to enroll in its undergraduate and graduate programs in Marietta, including the doctor of chiropractic.
So far, the response has been positive, according to Life spokeswoman Pascious Prince, with an increasing number of universities, students and educators from the region expressing interest in the programs.
An agreement was signed between officials from Life and Chung Shan Medical University in Taiwan several months ago to explore the possibility of an academic exchange program, Prince said. Upon implementation, it would be among the first of its kind in a series of partnerships between Life and universities throughout Taiwan, China and the Asia Pacific region.
"Chung Shan Medical University has very modern equipment, a beautiful medical school, a famous dental school, affiliated hospitals and some of the most expensive state of the art equipment," said Jackson Tse, director of China and Asia Pacific programs for Life's Global Initiatives.
Two professors from CSMU also visited the Marietta campus recently, Life officials said.
Another initiative involves establishing commercial chiropractic clinics throughout China. University officials said the clinics would benefit Life chiropractors with an opportunity to work closely with health care and medical professionals from partner universities and hospitals in China, and also provide the world's most populous nation with chiropractic services.
Also in the works are plans to establish satellite campuses at select universities in China, where students can study for two to three years before transferring to Life's Marietta campus to complete their degrees.
The academic programs are still subject to the approval of officials in the different countries and must meet Life's academic standards, according to Prince. However, the university said it anticipates the establishment of some of the initiatives with CSMU in Taiwan and other universities and hospitals in China in as little as a year.